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Getting Amped For Cameroon! | Nourish International

May 4, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Cameroon, Claremont, Summer Projects | By

Hello Friends!

Today is May 4, 2014 and in exactly 47 days we are departing for our Nourish summer project in Fundong, Cameroon!

That’s nice…. but who is “we”?

We are Blair, Kalie, Cat, Kacey, Alec, Sameen, Elliot and Chrisi, a group of 8 engaged Nourish students from the Claremont Colleges and the surrounding area, trying to empower communities, fight extreme poverty, and learn a little about ourselves along the way.

Our project team from last year in Fundong. This year, we have a whole new, fun, fresh and fancy crew.

Our project team from last year in Fundong. This year, we have a whole new, fun, fresh and fancy crew.

Sounds like a swell gang, but what are you planning to do in Fundong?

This summer, we are partnering with Better Family Foundation, a local NGO based in Fundong, Cameroon.  BFF’s mission is to “provide free education, training, counseling, and financial aid to all families in need so that they may gain access to the tools they need to improve their lives.”

In Fundong, we will collaborate with BFF to implement two projects over seven weeks.  The first is developing sustainable, safe water infrastructure, which includes constructing a water system and training a self-governed Water Management Committee.   The second project is designing and leading sexual reproduction, HIV/AIDS, and other STI seminars.  These seminars will be targeted to two marginalized groups, orphans and young widows, with the overall goal of a reduction in the incidence of HIV infections among these high-risk groups.

Better Family Foundation, empowering communities through education and giving families the tools they need to improve their lives.

Empowering communities through education and giving families the tools they need to improve their lives.

Man oh man that sounds like quality stuff! But are y’all prepared for this undertaking?

Boy, are we. We have spent weeks in training, learning about the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical circumstances within Cameroon, as well as educating ourselves about key HIV/AIDS information. We’re even planning to practice digging a hole or two to perfect the art of digging before we depart.

Holes (the movie) did not teach us everything we needed to know about digging holes. Photo rights to Walt Disney Studios.

Holes (the movie) did not teach us everything we needed to know about digging holes.
Photo rights to Walt Disney Studios.

Wow, that sounds grand! I can’t wait to hear about the progress of your project!

Stay tuned, we’ll be updating this blog with our project adventures, trials and  tribulations and all sorts of fun photos starting mid-June.

Coming at you with Peace&Love,

Claremont Chapter & Friends.

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